Our Priorities   Creating New Knowledge


The campaign focuses on raising money and support in four areas: students, faculty and research, centers and institutes, and student life. Creating New Knowledge focuses on faculty and research.

Attracting and retaining world-class, dedicated faculty who will teach and prepare our students for tomorrow, lead us in our quest to be a nationally recognized university by conducting cutting-edge research and serve our community through outreach and entrepreneurship 

  • Chairs and other endowed positions
  • Faculty research funding
  • Start-up funds for new faculty laboratories

Your Impact on Our Faculty & Research

Doug Frantz

Doug Frantz is working to grow new heart muscle cells and turn cancerous cells benign. His lab is developing drug-like molecules that target stem cells to treat cardiovascular disease and cancer. Support from the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund is helping Frantz treat these diseases and is bringing other top researchers to UTSA.

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Mauli Agrawal

Mauli Agrawal has been called a rock star in the field of biomedical engineering because his vision is changing the possibilities for amputees. His specialty is orthopedic and cardiovascular biomaterials and implants, with a primary interest in tissue engineering and regeneration. His work will alter the course of treatment for those with tissue wounds and amputations.

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Mansour El-Kikhia

When Jon Stewart wanted to know for the The Daily Show how to topple a dictatorship, he called Mansour El-Kikhia to give the lesson. The professor of political science and geography at UTSA appeared on the show to talk about the rebellion in Libya to force Muammar Gadhafi out of power. Exiled from Libya for speaking against the government, El-Kikhia also shared his knowledge on CNN, returning to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, his hometown, after 30 years to advise opposition rebels.

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Johnelle Sparks

Johnelle Sparks, assistant professor in the Department of Demography and Organization Studies, is conducting research to save the lives of infants in rural Texas and beyond. "The whole point of my research is to help people who may not know how to help themselves," she says. Sparks uses demography to identify risk factors that cause low birth weight variations among racial and ethnic groups. Finding answers to the health disparity will result in better prevention efforts.

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George Perry

George Perry wants to understand why we age so he can change the course of diseases like Alzheimer's. Dean of UTSA's College of Sciences, Perry is one of the most cited researchers of Alzheimer's, in part because of his innovative work. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's affects about 5.4 million people in the U.S., 340,000 in Texas.

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